The theme of this week’s Oldfather Group “Weekender Blog” is the continuation of traditional fall festivals and events that are held every year in the coastal region. But in keeping with the cautious outlook of 2020, most of these events are being held in scaled down forms compared to previous years.
From the biennial Return Day festivities in Georgetown, to a scaled down Punkin Chunkin themed event, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, a yearly favorite held by our friends at the Dogfish Head Brewery and several others, this weekend’s calendar is a true cornucopia of annual events being held in 2020 under difficult conditions.
Keep scrolling below for much more about these great happenings at and near the beaches, then make plans this weekend for a fun family time in the area.
We begin in Milton and a fun, off-centered event organized by the folks at Dogfish Head Brewery…
Virtual-A-Go-Go Event at Dogfish Head (November 7). The popular Dogfish Head Virtual-A-Go-Go event will be a virtual affair for 2020, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, November 7, this annual event is billed as “a celebration of all things craft, from beers and spirits to music and art.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of this popular local event.
Scheduled activities and events for this year’s event include a live chat with Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione and local designer Ryan Besch, as well as a live streamed musical performance by Mt. Joy, a virtual vendor fair and a lineup of limited edition Dogfish Head beers and ales.
To learn more about this year’s Virtual-A-Go-Go event, visit www.dogfish.com/events.
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (November 5-15). This year’s 23rd annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival will be held over 11 days, from November 5th to the 15th.
Many of this year’s featured films will be shown online, while others can be viewed with social distancing rules in place at the Cinema Art Theater in Lewes.
Passes won’t be needed this year, as all films are available to anyone who would like to view them. Keep in mind, however, that films at the Cinema Art Theater will be shown with limited capacity, due to health mandated restrictions.
The festival in 2020, as in previous years, will include a variety of American and international films, as well as engaging documentaries. Zoom discussions are also scheduled for viewers to talk about and share perspectives about their favorite films.
To learn more about the 2020 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, visit www.rehobothfilm.com.
Sunrise Rotary Bike Ride Fundraiser (November 7). Plan on a family bike ride this Saturday, November 7, to benefit Rotary programs in the coastal region.
Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., this Saturday at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton, the family bike ride includes three different courses, ranging from 25 kilometers to 100 kilometers.
The registration fee is $30 and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from this late Fall event benefit Rotary programs for students in the Cape Henlopen School District.
Scaled Down Return Day Events (November 5). The Return Day festivities for 2020 have officially been cancelled for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. There will still be a few events for the public on The Circle, however, in the spirit of the biennial Sussex County celebration.
Georgetown Mayor Bill West, along with State Senator Brian Pettyjohn and State Representative Ruth Briggs King, have organized a reading of the election returns and the ceremonial burying of the hatchet on The Circle.
These festivities are scheduled for Thursday, November 5, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The returns will be read by Sussex County Sheriff Robert Lee at 12 p.m.
The historic fire station in Georgetown will also be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., on November 5.
Big Chill’s Great Pumpkin’ Chuck (November 8). Southern Delaware may no longer have the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin, but you can still get into the spirt of the long-time local festival this Sunday, November 8, at the Big Chill Beach Club at Delaware Seashore State Park.
This fun event harkens back to the early days of Punkin Chunkin, where competitors can show their strength by throwing a pumpkin as far as they can using only their bare hands.
Competitions will be held in both men’s and women’s divisions, with each competitor given two throws of an approximately 15 pound pumpkin. The strongest competitors will then move on to the finals.
Other activities included during the course of the two-hour event (1 to 3 p.m.) include live music, various games and an abundance of adult beverages.
All proceeds from the Big Chill’s Great Pumpkin’ Chunk for 2020 benefit the programs at Autism Delaware.
Rehoboth Art League Holiday Fair (November 8). The Rehoboth Art League will hold it’s 2020 Holiday Fair this Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, at its complex in Henlopen Acres.
Vendors and artists this year will have a choice between an on-campus booth and/or a virtual booth, giving attendees more options for their holiday shopping.
This year’s 36th annual holiday craft fair is scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Milton Theater Shows (November 5-8). There continue to be great shows every weekend at the Milton Theatre.
Just keep in mind that attendance is still limited due to social distancing requirements. So if you see a show you’d like to attend, buy your tickets as soon as possible.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend at the Milton Theatre.
- Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m. – “Man Made” (2018) Film Screening
- Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. – Julia Scotti Stand-Up Comedy Show (Pictured Below)
- Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m. – RAEL: The Music of Genesis & Peter Gabriel
Keep visiting www.thecoastalcompass.com every week for the latest events and happenings taking place at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
And whatever you plan on doing this weekend, have a great time here in the coastal region.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!